Sybil Mozelle Truman, 81, passed away Sept. 29, 2013, surrounded by loved ones present and by the prayers of those far away. Her loving husband, Wes, preceded her to Glory by one year. Mozelle was mom to 6, grandma to 18 (plus many honorary grandchildren), and great-grandma to 5. She was born Oct. 26, 1931, in Wanette, OK to Hixie (Ross) and William P. Haggard. She had many fond memories of growing up on the “oil patch” with her brother, Bill, and sister, Betty. Wes and Mozelle were high-school sweethearts at Foster High School (OK), and married on March 8, 1951, in Oklahoma City. Mozelle graduated from Central State College (OK) with a BS in Education, and later earned a certificate in Special Education.
Wes and Mozelle moved to Arizona in 1959 to teach at Lukachukai Boarding School and fell in love with the Navajo and Hopi people of northern Arizona. They later taught at Chilocco (OK) Indian School, Chinle, Payson, Tuba City, and San Manuel. Mozelle was dedicated to her students, and especially to her Special Olympic athletes who were blessed by her tireless efforts. ”Mo” loved to read, teach, travel, sing hymns, attend church, serve in her community library, care for the downtrodden, root for the underdog, and pray for missionaries.
Survivors include children Randy (Charlene), Curt (Sally), Terri, Nancy (Charlie Ritchie), Carla, and David (Jeannie). Mozelle and Wes were very proud that their children and grandchildren have earned 16 college degrees. Grandchildren include Christopher, Mark, Rachel (Neal Powers), Andrea, Paul, Bill (Diana), Russell, Renee, Jacob, Daniel (Malorie), Will, Josh, Grace, Alyosha, Zhenya, Shawn (Jennifer), Joshua (Erin) and Anthony. Great-grandchildren are Jadon, Sebastian, Nikola, Owen, and Evelyn. End-of-life care was provided by Hospice of the Valley; we will be forever grateful for their kind and gentle support.
Services will he held Saturday, Oct 12, at Westown Baptist Church (11 am) followed by a community luncheon. Memorials to Hospice of the Valley or Westown are suggested in lieu of flowers.